I love Deborah Lippmann polishes and looking at the bottles below, I’m sure it’s not hard to tell why. I hadn’t tried any of the non-glitter polishes until I picked ...
Sorry I’m late with this weeks challenge and skipped last weeks challenge! I passed last week because I couldn’t think up a good idea for the ‘nerdy’ challenge but this week was just down to my laziness in posting. Better late than never though right?
When trying to decide what to use, I just decided to go through my collection and pull out some of my favourite purple toned products.
I swatched them below and, as you can see, they run the gamut of purple from warm to cool, dark to light. From left to right: Illamasqua Powder blusher in Sin, MAC Paint Pot in Half-Wild, MAC eyeshadows in Stars ‘n’ Rockets, Plum Dressing, Nocturnelle and Sketch, Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks in Lavender Voltage and Midnight Plum.
To get the eye look below, I used Half Wild as a base and pressed Nocturnelle on top of it with Plum Dressing. I used Stars ‘n’ Rockets on the inner corner and a mixture of Nocturnelle and MAC Carbon in the crease. I blended out the crease with Sketch, the perfect blending shade when using purples. The only word of warning I’ll give you with the purples is that if you even have a hint of dark shadows, conceal that stuff stat unless you want to draw attention to your eyes for all the wrong reasons!
I finished up the look by pairing the eyes with Sin on the cheeks and a combination of Lavender Voltage and Midnight Plum on the lips. I’m not a big fan of the matchy-matchy look on me so I’d usually skip the pruple lipstick and go for a neutral shade. I don’t mind the trend so much when it’s done with more neutral shades as per the ever chic Lisa Eldridge.
How do you feel about the matchy-matchy trend of makeup?
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I love when people come up with really simple but amazing ways to brighten the life of someone they don’t know, even if just for a small point in time. That’s why I want to talk to you today about the New Day Box project and encourage you to take part if you live in Victoria (or maybe even other parts of Australia).
What is New Day Box?
New Day Box is an idea that started when one of the six founders read a story about a Canadian not-for-profit initiative called The Shoebox Project. The main idea behind that project was for people to fill shoe boxes with $50 worth of items that would be gifted to women living in shelters through out the Christmas holidays.
The day after deciding to start New Day Box, the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (‘WDCSV’) agreed to distribute these boxes across shelters and requests were received from domestic violence shelters, housing and crisis accommodation around Victoria. Their goal is to have at least 500 boxes donated so that as many women as possible are able to receive one in time for christmas.
Why make a New Day Box?
Last year WDCSV placed nearly 1000 women into emergency accommodation due to domestic violence. Once these women, who have been living in some frightening and heart breaking situations, make the decision to flee they often leave without any items let alone things such as cosmetics and toiletries.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways to get involved such as
- Making a box of your own along with a message of hope and support
- providing new and unused products that can be used to make up a box
- I found out about New Day Box after a friend posted it up on Facebook so putting the word out there on things such as blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is important so that as many people as possible are aware of the project
- If you’re a company- you can sponsor the project
Products and finished boxes can be posted or dropped off by 12 December 2013 directly at Envato offices located at the following address:
New Day Box
c/o Envato PTY LTD
Level 1, 121 King St
Melbourne Vic 3000
What should I put in the box?
Let me tell you, one of the hardest thing about this project is trying to buy things that you hope will be useful to someone without knowing who they are, what they like or what they look like.The suggestions on the website are cosmetic items, toiletries, pretty notebooks and/or pens, nut free chocolate etc. When choosing cosmetic items, the key is to realise there is no one type of woman that is affected by family violence so you can’t choose products based on what will suit a particular skin tone. Pick things that are neutral but will still work for many different skin tones. This is why you should stay away from base products such as foundation, concealer or face powder.
Apart from that, I think just spend a little time thinking about the circumstances these women are in and what might offer some comfort in such a painful time. It would also be lovely if you included a message of with your box. When making mine, I decided that I wanted something that was mostly comforting and pampering but was also full of products I would use myself because cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality. Apart from what’s shown below, I’ve also ordered the Elf blush and bronzing duo in St Lucia and the Real Techniques blush brush to be included.
As a woman, a lawyer in the not-for-profit sector (where we assist many victims of family violence) and a beauty blogger, there was no way I could not take part in this. I’ve asked friends to fund a box or provide unused products or donate empty boxes. I’ve also purchased products so that I can make a few boxes of my own. So far I’ve purchased enough products to make 6 boxes but am hoping that, with some donations from friends, I’ll be able to get at least 15. I really hope that some of you decide to take part or at least spread the word because it really is a great cause. If you want to learn more about domestic violence click the link to be taken to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria website.
This is my first time wearing Ruby Woo. Initital thoughts: love the colour but matte formulas are always less forgiving on the lips. Stay tuned for my review and swatches.
It’s been more than 6 months since I posted part 1 of the these swatches and I’m finally getting round to posting part 2. Sorry for the delay but hopefully they were worth the wait! I’m not going to review the formula again because I’ve already done that in my initial review and also in Part 1 of the vivid’s range.
The shades I’m swatching in this post are Fuchsia Flash, Vivid Rose and Hot Plum. As with the shades in part 1, all 3 of these shades are very opaque and packed with pigment which means that they do stain the lips.
First up is Fuchsia Flash which is blue toned bright pink. I don’t mind this shade, I actually thinks it’s quite pretty but, as it has a white base, I find that it isn’t as wearable for me as other pinks in my collection.
Vivid Rose is a gorgeous bright pink which leans slightly red. I love these shades of pink and find them really flattering against my skin tone.
Vivid Rose is quite close to YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Rose Culte but slightly lighter and not as glossy. I thought it may be similar to MAC Girl About Town but Vivid Rose is quite a bit warmer toned.
Last but not least is Hot Plum and that’s the perfect name for it! It’s a bright plum colour that treads the line between lavender and pink perfectly. Even though this also has a white base, this depth of the shade makes it much more wearable for me than Fuchsia Flash.
I love these kind of shades because they have a blue iridescence running through them that just adds so much dimension. Hot Plum is the shade that would result if the other two lipsticks swatched below were mixed together. It’s cooler toned than Revlon Colorburst in Lollipop but warmer toned and more opaque than MAC Style Curve. It also doesn’t have as much of the blue iridescence of either shade but you can add some by using something like the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.
I really like the shades that I’ve swatched in both part 1 and part 2 of these reviews but I do find myself reaching more for those in this post. I’ve also got 2 more lipsticks which I picked up while travelling in the States but, seeing my track record, you’ll probably see those in another 6 months
What’s your favourite from the Vivid’s range?
This weeks challenge is the 5 minute face which to me means quick (obviously) and simple. When I’m low on time, I try to spend what little time I’ve got on those things that matter the most. For me, that’s even skin, concealed dark circles and brows. I feel like focusing on these things makes me look put together even when I’m short on time.
Generally, a five minute face shouldn’t involve a lot of products and the more multi-tasking products you have, the better. My five minute face does involve more products than some but they’re products that are quick and fuss free to apply.
As I didn’t have time to mix foundations, I used the Make Up For Ever HD foundation (in #153) which I know is the right colour and finishes nicely. I used my usual under eye concealing routine which I talked about in my last post here. I finished up my skin by setting it with some MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark and some bright blush in the form of Smashbox Radiance Blush.
For the eyes, I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Taupe on the lid and then blended out the crease with MAC Cork eyeshadow. I also curled my lashes and put on some Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. I then filled in my brows with MAC Brow Crayon in Stud.
I finished up the look by applying Burberry Lip Glow in Rosewood. This is such a lovely, easy to wear my lips but better shade. It feels great on the lips and isn’t sticky like some other glosses. The shades vary depending on the day, but I always end up using a gloss or sheer lipstick such as something from the Rouge Coco Shine range.
What’s your most important makeup product when you have 5 minutes?
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‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’. Truer words have never been spoken especially when it comes to this blush. From the moment I first purchased this blush a few months ago right up until I started this post, I thought that I purchased my Burberry blush in the shade ‘Blossom’. As I was taking photos today, I noticed that I’d actually purchased the shade ‘Rose’.
I’ve been recommending Burberry “Blossom” ever since I got it but that won’t change now that I know the correct name. After doing some research and comparing both, I’m actually glad I ended up with the shade I did because Blossom (while beautiful) seems lighter than Rose so it might not have showed up as well on my skin tone.
Considering how much I’ve raved about Burberry products on my blog such as here and here, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m a fan of this blush. The packaging is chic, the colour is gorgeous, the texture is soft and the brush is actually useable (in a pinch). As with all Burberry powder products, the packaging and the blush comes embossed with the Burberry check on it. Even though I’ve used it a lot, the pattern is still noticeable on my blush.
While the product looks matte in the pan, there’s a very slight shimmer running through it. I don’t really like blushes which have a lot of shimmer or glitter in them because they tend to emphasise the pores on my cheeks. The shimmer in this blush though looks lovely on the skin and just adds a slight radiance to the cheeks.
The shade itself is a gorgeous rose colour which has a slight coral tinge to it. I have a lot of blushes but I don’t have anything that similar to this in my collection. I did a quick search through what I owned and swatched it against the two closest blushes I could find. Looking at the swatches though, they’re actually not that similar.
I find that the shade shows up quite well on my skin tone and think it gives a really nice rosy flush to my cheeks. It also pairs well with both natural and darker eye looks. Also, as it isn’t overly pigmented , I don’t have to be too careful when applying it like I do with my NARS and Illamasqua blushes. If you have a lighter skin tone though I would apply it with a light hand. On the downside, I don’t think it wears as long some of my more pigmented blushes but I can usually get at least 5-6 hours wear without too much fading.
Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest drawbacks of this product is the price which, at $42 US/ $75 AU, isn’t cheap. It is a nice blush to own and there’s a good range of colours available so, if you’re looking for a new blush, I’d check these out.